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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as a result of a stair collapse, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills and suffering. Stairs are a daily necessity in Chicago and all across the United States. Whether you are heading down to help a friend declutter their basement or climbing up a stairwell to get to the second floor of an office building, you are one of many people casually using stairs to get from one place to another. People climbing up and down stairs during their daily routines do not often take notice of these structures. However, if you are a property owner, you are legally obligated to pay much closer attention to any stairs on your premises. Failure to maintain stairs can result in a devastating accident.
If you were hurt in a stair collapse accident, it is important to know your legal rights. The Chicago stair collapse attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you understand the obligation of the people responsible for a stair collapse. To see if you are entitled to financial compensation, contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation concerning your legal options.
Stair collapse is a catastrophic event that can injure and even kill innocent people. This is why property owners are accountable for properly installing and maintaining their stairs. After suffering an accident like a stair collapse, it’s always a good idea to consult legal professionals to see what your rights are. Under premises liability law, victims who are injured on a negligent owner’s property are entitled to seek financial compensation.
However, seeking this compensation on your own can be difficult, even impossible. After an accident, you should be focusing on recovering, not fighting a legal battle. Leave the complicated nuances of premises liability law to an attorney while you focus on your health.
After serving the Chicago community for almost 50 years, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC has helped our clients recover $400 million through their cases. We have earned some clients over a million dollars, which is why we are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Fewer than 1% of lawyers in the United States are members of this prestigious group. We have the reputation and the experience to provide you with top-rated legal representation in the event of a stair collapse, and we are fully dedicated to fighting for the rights of our community when they are faced with any kind of suffering after a stair collapse. We can help you win compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of wages, long-term care, and other suffering after a stair collapse accident.
Like any other building structure, stairs have many important components. Specific materials, such as wood and nails, fit together a certain way to support the weight of people climbing and descending. When any one thing is incorrectly installed, it can compromise the entire set of stairs. Furthermore, stairs might become hazardous over time as materials weaken. Stairs in large buildings that many people use are particularly susceptible to collapse if they are not designed and maintained responsibly. Even though it is natural for stairs to weaken over time, it is the legal responsibility of property owners to ensure the safety of their structure. Any set of stairs must meet Chicago building codes, or else they could collapse under the people trying to use them.
Precisely because many factors can cause stair collapse, property owners need to check their stairs regularly and perform routine maintenance. Negligence and oversight can create unsafe conditions that can cause stairs to collapse when people attempt to use them. A few common causes of stair collapse include:
Any one of these problems can make a stairway collapse unexpectedly. When a stairway is poorly constructed and seldom maintained, problems tend to multiply, making a collapse more and more likely. Many of these issues can begin as just little problems, like a crack in a step or a banister that is beginning to rot. It can be quick, easy, and relatively cheap for a lot of these problems to be solved before they become serious and dangerous for the people using these stairs. However, if the property owners do not perform the necessary upkeep to their stairs, they can collapse, and serious injuries can occur.
There are many different injuries that could result from a stair collapse incident, which can cause you to rack up expensive medical bills and lose income by forcing you to take your valuable time off work. Some of these injuries include:
If you have suffered these or other injuries after a stair collapse, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you recover compensation for all your related medical expenses and other costs.
There are several different parties that may be held responsible if a staircase collapses. The building’s designer or development company can be held accountable if the stairs were poorly designed and built. Property owners and building managers can also be held responsible for a stair collapse if they fail to adequately maintain their stairs. A lawyer from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can work with you to determine precisely who was at fault for your accident and then help you take action against them.
Our premise liability lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe that property owners have a responsibility to prevent dangers on their physical estates. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a stair collapse, you might be able to recover money lost to medical bills, time away from work, and time spent in recovery. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to learn about your legal options from a dedicated professional in a free consultation.
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